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Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center Offers Suggestions For Seniors For A Healthy New Year

The new year brings with it the challenge of setting resolutions. The Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center offers tips for older adults that address making healthy changes for the New Year, while also providing ways to stay healthy all year long.

Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Not sure where to start? The Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center offers free classes including Healthy Table for 1 or 2, Almond Flour Power, and Satisfying Spiralized Vegetables.

Be active. Looking for something more creative than just walking? How about Tai Chi, yoga, dancing to Zumba, or even snowshoeing or skiing? The Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center has a variety of fitness options.

Guard against falls. One in three older adults falls each year. Falls are a leading cause of injuries among older adults. The Active Adult Center offers classes that focus on improving balance such as Balance ‘n Motion or Stretching for Better Health.

Brain workout. From puzzles to card games, ukulele lessons to technology classes as well as a variety of art classes, the Active Adult Center provides a plethora of brain games. Register today for the ultimate puzzle at the Escape Room Happy Hour on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Visit the Active Adult Center at 6363 W. 35th Ave., or call 303-205-7500.

Sweet Hearts & Craft Arts With Wheat Ridge Historical Society, Feb. 9

The Wheat Ridge Historical Society will be celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early at to its Second Saturday Event on Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Society will be showing visitors how to make old-fashioned handmade Valentine cards at the Baugh House, at 44th and Robb Street. Enjoy craft demonstrations and sales, sing or play along with local musicians and learn more about Wheat Ridge’s history.

  For more information email wrhistorical@gmail.com or visit www.wheatridgehistoricalsociety.org.

Passport To Wheat Ridge 2019 Supports Renovation Of First Patrol Car

The Wheat Ridge Police Department (WRPD) has created the Passport to Wheat Ridge to help support the renovation of the department’s first patrol car, Unit 1. Unit 1 will make appearances at special events in Wheat Ridge as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations taking place throughout the city in 2019.

The 2019 Passport to Wheat Ridge is a limited edition tour around the city with special discounts from more than 35 local businesses. Holders of the Passport redeem special offers with a stamp provided by the business. There are 500 printed and Passports will only be available for the 2019 year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the City of Wheat Ridge. 

The proceeds from the 2019 Passport to Wheat Ridge are funding the restoration of the Wheat Ridge Police Department’s first patrol car, Unit 1, and will support other programs hosted by WRPD such as Operation Blue Santa, National Night Out and the Child Safety Fair.

The Passport to Wheat Ridge includes discount offers and coupons from businesses across the city, along with information about signature special events that build relationships within the community.

The Passport to Wheat Ridge is $25 and available for purchase online or at City Hall. The official 2019 Passports are available for pick up at the front desk of City Hall. 

Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center Seeks Trip Volunteers

The Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center is seeking volunteer trip drivers/guides. The Active Adult Center provides trips to groups of active adults (age 50 or better) to a variety of locations around the Denver metro area and beyond. Trips include concerts, museums, festivals, the mountains, happy hours, restaurants, train rides, visits to the hot springs, shopping, tastings of Victorian tea, the theater, escape rooms, and more! Activities also include trips for outdoor recreation such as walking, hiking, and skiing/snowshoeing. 

All volunteers are provided with training and support. Volunteers must love having fun, exploring new and familiar places, and meeting and assisting seniors. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record, as well as have current vehicle insurance. Volunteers must commit to attending required training and driving at least one trip a month and up to four trips that can last from 3 to 8 hours.   

Applications are available online www.rootedinfun.com/VolunteerApp or contact Christine Leahy, Trip Coordinator, Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center, 303-205-7510.

City of Wheat Ridge Appoints Scheck As Administrative Services Director

The City of Wheat Ridge recently appointed Allison Scheck as the Administrative Services Director.

According to a press release from the city, Scheck will oversee the administrative services department that includes Human Resources, Finance, Purchasing, IT and Communications. These members of city staff provide customer service and support to both internal and external customers.

Scheck served as the Public Engagement and Operations Manager for the City of Lakewood from 2012 to 2018. In that role, she was responsible for managing the Planning, Administration and Community Relations Division of the Community Resources Department. She oversaw the park planning, marketing and communications, and administrative teams. She coordinated the department's budget, which is $40 million across multiple funds, and was responsible for coordinating capital planning processes and assigning project funding. She also served as the spokesperson for the department, and managed and facilitated public engagement processes. She frequently led efforts to maximize outreach to residents in solicitation of broad community feedback, and managed master planning and strategic planning processes.

Scheck received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2002, and her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Denver in 2017.